Pirelli to debut new thrilling tyre allocation on the Hungaroring
Formulation One’s sole tyre producer Pirelli will introduce a brand new tyre allocation at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, mandating completely different slick compounds for every of the three Saturday’s qualifying session. F1Technical’s senior author Balázs Szabó experiences on the modifications.
As Formulation One approaches the ultimate leg of the season forward of the summer time shutdown, Pirelli will boost the proceedings by introducing a brand new tyre rule for qualifying.
On the twisty Hungaroring, drivers can be allotted with the three softest compounds: the C3 can be used as P Zero White laborious, C4 as P Zero Yellow medium and C5 as P Zero Pink tender. This can be a step softer allocation than final yr.
The selection is ready to spice issues up as Hungary usually options excessive ambient and monitor temperatures which might result in the overheating of the tyres. With warmth anticipated for Sunday, the aggressive tyre alternative signifies that the race might flip right into a problem for thermal administration of the tyres.
Commenting on the race weekend, Pirelli’s Motorsport Director Mario Isola mentioned: “The Hungarian Grand Prix has grow to be a basic occasion of the Formulation 1 summer time season, and as such the air and asphalt temperatures, that are normally very excessive, are the primary options.
“This places the drivers, vehicles and tyres to the take a look at, not least as a result of the twisting nature of the monitor doesn’t enable anybody or something to catch their breath. There’s a reasonably lengthy pit straight, which gives the one actual overtaking alternative beneath braking into the primary right-hand nook.
“Then there are 13 extra corners – seven right-handers and 6 left-handers – on a circuit that’s second solely to Monte Carlo when it comes to slowest common pace; to the extent that the vehicles use related downforce settings to Monaco. With so many gradual corners, traction is without doubt one of the key elements for good efficiency and the most important danger is tyre overheating.”
What does the brand new rule dictate?
Pirelli needed to debut a brand new tyre rule that’s known as Various Tyre Allocation on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Nevertheless, with the cancellation of the Imola race, the brand new tyre allocation will make its debut at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Budapest race will host the debut of the Various Tyre Allocation with the brand new rule set to be trialled once more on the Italian Grand Prix in the course of the first weekend in September.
Beneath the choice tyre allocation guidelines, drivers must full every qualifying session with only one necessary slick compound. Groups should use the laborious compound in Q1, medium in Q2 and tender in Q3. If qualifying is moist, groups have a free alternative of compounds as standard.
The brand new rule will even cut back the variety of tyre units out there for every automotive to 11, as a substitute of the 13 out there for a traditional race weekend.
Every driver may have three units of laborious tyres, 4 units of medium tyres and 4 units of sentimental tyres. The variety of moist tyres stays the identical: three units of full wets and 4 units of intermediates, with an additional set of intermediates authorised if it rains on Friday or antagonistic climate is predicted for Saturday.
On Friday, one set of tyres should be returned on the finish of every free follow session. An additional two units should be returned on Saturday after FP3. This leaves seven units of tyres for qualifying and the race, of which a minimum of one set of laborious tyres and one set of medium tyres should be saved for the race.
Talking concerning the new tyre rule, Isola added: “A brand new tyre allocation for qualifying (generally known as ATA, or ‘Various Tyre Allocation’) can be tried out for the primary time, with the duty to make use of simply the laborious in Q1, medium in Q2 and tender in Q3 if situations keep dry.
“Each these modifications, a minimum of on paper, ought to result in a wider vary of choices, notably when it comes to technique. The ATA additionally saves two units of dry tyres in comparison with the standard format (utilizing 11 units as a substitute of 13) and it will likely be run once more on the Italian Grand Prix in Monza. After that, the FIA, F1 and the groups will determine whether or not or to not undertake it for subsequent season,” the Italian concluded.